Famous Jockey Calvin Borel Retires

Horse exit the starting gate at Oaklawn Racing Casino
Horse exit the starting gate at Oaklawn Racing Casino

Racing Hall of Famer Calvin Borel announced his retirement from the sport of horse racing this week. Borel, who is 50 and is based at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, is well known to those in the racing world and for those that go to the races at Oaklawn.


Some might remember his 5,000 career victory, a number only a few jockeys have ever attained. He landed the win at Oaklawn and the event and specific victory stands out because only 26 jockeys in the sport had ever reached that number. He also won his 3,000 and 4,000 victories at the Oaklawn racetrack.

Borel, who has been inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, has had much success over his career including winning the Kentucky Derby three times, the Arkansas Derby once, and securing 947 wins at Oaklawn. Overall, the Louisiana native has amassed 5,146 victories in his career.  Along the way, he has gotten to ride legendary horses such as 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra. Borel was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2013.